What is Paradise, that various religions mention about?

Garden-of-Eden-What-Really-HappenedWhat is Paradise?

It surely is not a place outside oneself? Cause outside oneself is only the physical manifestation of the universe; like plants, animals, mountains, planets, stars, galaxies, black holes, etc. ONLY MATERIAL!
The spiritual world, where the paradise is, is not in the material world. Then where it is? it’s not outside? No, because outside is merely a very very small portion of that ONE God’s creation. Most of his creation is within oneself. Within you , with in me, with me each of us. One has to find GOD (or Allah, or Paramathma, what ever name or language you call him/her) by oneself. Each has to strive and learn to find the paradise with in each of us.

Master’s teaching’s are to be followed, not the Master’s follower’s teachings. One can be of any or no religion, but living life following those teachings, is what is called for. The same teachings were taught by Jesus, Mohammad, Buddha, Krishna, etc; only the settings were different, because of cultural, geographical and language differences.
What an Englishman calls Water, an Indian calls it Paani. Which does not mean that one is actual water and the other one is fake water. Water is the same, and both waters, what ever name you call it by, will quench everyone’s thirst the same exact way. No discrimination!

Each of us is actually NOT separate. Only we don’t see it because we are localized in our experiences and personifications. It’s like one head having eyes all around and every where. How then can one eye say to the other that what it sees is the only truth, and what the other eyes see is not? Each eye gets to see what is in front of it. What one eye see is true to it, and what the other eye sees is true to it. Which does not mean what the other eyes see are not the truth. They are, only they are localized and personal truth’s. Not truth in it’s entirety.
God and Universe is ONE manifestation, flowing from inside to outside, and manifesting, from spirit, astral, etc worlds to our physical world. Physical world being one of the grossest form of manifestation, as far as vibrations go.

Imagine a very extremely large hot air balloon. The physical universe is like that small basket at the bottom of the balloon where people ride in. The rest of the balloon is like the rest of the universe.



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Path to Enlightenment

6a00d83451c0aa69e20120a7f9bad7970b-320wiContemplation is said to be the start of the path to enlightenment. Often times, contemplation becomes questioning. I know I did not have a clear understanding of the difference between contemplation and questioning.
Contemplation is OBSERVATION, not studying. Study raises Questions that generally arise due to comparative mode of the mind. For example, when I asked “what is the difference between Questioning and Contemplation?”, my teacher said “come here and s&#* my c&*$*”. The aim, in fact, was to try to get me to go “huh?”, as in to get me confused and get me out of the ‘normal’ thought process.
The NORMAL mode is the COMPARATIVE MODE that raises DOUBTs of millions kinds. The key is to NOT ask Questions. When I say don’t ask questions, I am NOT saying STOP INQUIRING, I am saying STOP QUESTIONING; and reason for this is implicit. A Question hanging as a DOUBT is a HEART/SPIRIT KILLER; it’s why some brilliant people never can be happy, because they are constantly fretting about what they DON’T KNOW. That mode of operating, where you need to KNOW everything to be HAPPY is and endless road. A never-ending road is exhausting and fruitless.
In the end I will close with this. If you read the story of the Buddha, he was enlightened the moment he realized that his quest for enlightenment was the final barrier to enlightenment. Then what remains? how to go about this? See the never-ending questions? 🙂 But fortunately this Question has an answer you can put to practise. You DON’T go about anything to GET enlightened because enlightened being IS your nature already. It’s the doubts and the questions that are standing in the way of accepting and IMPLEMENTING THIS ENLIGHTENED SELF.
Remove all the other people’s opinions and awaken the primordial child in you. Be as you were before “they” got to you.
EnlightenMeant Cartoon 2008 C. Pic Michel

Is Lord God of the old testament really an E.T.?

Esoteric school teaches us that Pride, Lust, Envy (jealousy), Anger (wrath), Sloth (laziness), Gluttony and Greed are the seven cardinal sins. Sin by definition is an immoral act considered to be a transgression against divine law. If jealousy and anger are one of the seven sins, and sin being against divinity, how then is the ‘Lord God’ in Bible’s Old Testament angry and jealous so many times? It is mentioned several times in the Tanach (old testament, or the Torah) about the lord god being wrathful and jealous and reacting out of it. Here are some examples.

(Exodus 20:4-5) “You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above, or on the earth beneath, or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God”.

A jealous God?

(Leviticus 10:1-2)And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

For an error, god got so angry that he burned Aaron’s sons to death? And Aaron was not even supposed to mourn, else lord god’s wrath would come upon the whole community?

(Deuteronomy 9:19-20) Moses says, for I was afraid that the anger that the lord bore against you was so fierce that he would destroy you. But the lord listened to me that time. The lord was so angry with Aaron that he was ready to destroy him, but I interceded also on behalf of Aaron.

Lord god of the old testament seems to be short tempered and quick to anger.

The below example is even better.

In Exodus, after the people made calf out of gold and offered burnt offerings, lord god got angry and said to Moses, “I have seen this people, how stiff-necked they are. Now let me alone, so my wrath may burn hot against them and I may consume them.” Listening to this Moses ‘the mortal’ calms lord god ‘the almighty’ down, saying, (Exodus 32:12) “Why should the Egyptians say ‘It was with evil intent that he brought them out to kill them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth?’ Turn from your fierce wrath; change your mind and do not bring disaster on your people.” And the lord god changed his mind.

This example portrays god as losing his wisdom in anger and Moses had to give advice and impart wisdom to the lord god himself. Moses had to remind god that by destroying his people out of anger, god would not only get a bad name amongst the egyptians, but he would also be breaking his promise he made with Abraham about protecting his people. What kind of god is this lord god who needed to heed the advice of a mortal man?

From the above examples it seems like the lord god of the old testament is more like the greek gods, who were quick to anger and loved to show off their powers.

This begs the following questions: How is the fountainhead of divinity committing cardinal sins like anger, jealousy and even homicide? Or, is it OK to commit cardinal sins under certain circumstances and its validity is based on the committers rank? How can a God who is holy, just, loving, gracious, merciful, and long-suffering possibly be jealous? Why is the disposition of this god not in alignment with the qualities of God the father, the creator-of-all-things, as described in the vedas, or taught to us by Jesus ‘the christ’, Buddha, Ramakrishna, Shridi Sai Baba, and many other great masters?

The bigger question that stares at our face is really this. Is the lord god, mentioned in the old testament really not God the father, the creator of all things, but a hyper advanced being from a super advanced civilization from another dimension, (beings)who had such advanced technology and powers that they seemed godly to ancient men?



Four Paths of Spiritual health

There are 4 different paths of spiritual well being. Path of devotion (Bhakti Yoga), Path of action (Karma Yoga), Path of knowledge (Gyan Yoga) & Path of Concentration (Dhyan Yoga).

In Path of devotion we may personify an aspect of God and fall deeply and unconditionally in love with the personified God. Krishna, Jesus, Buddha, Yahweh, Allah, etc. We have an emotional connection with the world. In Path of action we perform every single action of our life by deeply and unconditionally falling in love with the action. In other words we live in the moment and give our best irrespective of the situation in everything and anything we do.

In Path of Knowledge we learn, understand and live The Law. We rationalize. The Law is unbreakable and unbendable. The law abides by us, just as long as we abide by the law. This is not a man made law. This is the law, by which, the universe creates and recreates itself. Law of attraction, law of increase, law of conservation of energy, Hiesenberg’s uncertainty principle, theory of relativity, and the list goes on.

In Path of concentration we focus inwards into our self, calm our mind and shift our self into a deeper and higher plane of existence, energize our spirit and carry the energy through the day, everyday.

Any of these 4 paths leads us to a state of higher self and helps us operate in this world from a higher perspective.

Any of the 4 paths of spiritual health will lead to enlightenment, leading to the absolute union with the absolute self.